UA football: Coveted QB Fuller takes key visit here

2012-01-24T00:01:00Z 2014-09-15T10:25:25Z UA football: Coveted QB Fuller takes key visit hereRyan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 24, 2012 12:01 am  • 

New Jersey high school football star Devin Fuller will visit the UA today and Wednesday as he debates whether to come west for college.

It's a critical 48 hours for the Arizona Wildcats' new coaching staff.

Perhaps no available recruit fits coach Rich Rodriguez's system better than Fuller, who the recruiting service lists as a four-star prospect and the nation's third-best dual-threat quarterback. He threw for 2,247 yards and 20 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,326 yards and 17 TDs as a high school senior.

Fuller, a U.S. Army All-American, has offers from more than 20 schools. Most see him as a safety or wide receiver.

Nebraska, TCU, UCLA and Rutgers all hosted Fuller on official visits with promises of keeping him at quarterback. The Old Tappan High School senior decided Thursday to take one more trip, to Arizona, before making up his mind.

Fuller's timing and the UA's quarterback quandary could work in the Wildcats' favor, said Brian Dohn,'s East Coast recruiting analyst. Arizona has just one scholarship quarterback on its roster heading into spring drills; Fuller would almost certainly back up redshirt senior Matt Scott as a true freshman and inherit the starter's job in 2013.

"His recruitment is about, 'Where can I play quarterback?,' " Dohn said. "Rich Rodriguez is known in these parts for what he did at West Virginia. What works against Arizona, though, is that they're a latecomer. A lot of these schools have built a big relationship with Devin … .

"Arizona's got to hit an absolute home run to get him."

Cats add linebacker/safety

The Wildcats added a 15th player to their 2012 recruiting class on Monday, and he fits their new defense perfectly.

Yamen Sanders verbally committed following a weekend visit to Tucson. The 6-foot-4-inch, 185-pound linebacker will switch to safety as the Wildcats adjust to fit their new 3-3-5 "odd stack" front.

Sanders told the recruiting service that he'll "probably play one of the three safety positions, most likely the 'Spur' or the 'Bandit.' "

"I would fit right in," he told the site. "It's a perfect fit and a system I would be comfortable with."

Sanders registered 90 tackles and intercepted one pass as a senior at Culver City (Calif.) High School. He chose Arizona over offers from Arizona State and Wyoming. Illinois and Oregon were also reportedly interested.

Ex-Wildcat Hill dies at 44

Derek Hill, an electric wide receiver at the UA during the late-1980s who earned the nickname "Thrill," died last weekend, likely of a heart attack. He was 44.

Hill led the Wildcats in receptions during three of his four seasons (1985-88) on campus. He was at his best as a junior, catching 45 passes for 798 yards and four touchdowns.

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Hill with their third-round (61st overall) pick in the 1989 NFL Draft. He spent two seasons in the pros, catching 53 passes for 846 yards and one touchdown.

Hill returned to his native Southern California, and was most recently working as a personal trainer.

Foles, Criner at Senior Bowl

Quarterback Nick Foles and wide receiver Juron Criner arrived in Mobile, Ala., Monday for this week's Senior Bowl. They'll practice in front of NFL scouts in the days leading up to Saturday's game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Foles is the first UA quarterback in 50 years to play in the Senior Bowl, an annual showcase for draft-ready players. QB Eddie Wilson was in the 1962 game.

Criner was added to the South's roster last week.

The Senior Bowl is the last of three all-star games: Six Wildcats played in the Casino del Sol College All-Star Game last week, and cornerback Trevin Wade took part in the East-West Shrine Game Saturday.

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Pac-12 South football standings

  Conference Overall
Arizona 7 2 0 0.778 10 4 0 0.714
USC 6 3 0 0.667 9 4 0 0.692
UCLA 6 3 0 0.667 10 3 0 0.769
Arizona State 6 3 0 0.667 10 3 0 0.769
Utah 5 4 0 0.556 9 4 0 0.692
Colorado 0 9 0 0.000 2 10 0 0.167

Pac-12 North football standings

  Conference Overall
Oregon 8 1 0 0.889 13 2 0 0.867
Stanford 5 4 0 0.556 8 5 0 0.615
Washington 4 5 0 0.444 8 6 0 0.571
Cal 3 6 0 0.333 5 7 0 0.417
Washington State 2 7 0 0.222 3 9 0 0.250
Oregon State 2 7 0 0.222 5 7 0 0.417
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